1950s

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On Safari

On Safari Designed for children, this CBC series of 15-minute programs, later expanded to a half-hour, presented film gathered by Armand and Michaela Denis, Belgian wildlife photographers. Programs took them to different areas of Africa, South America and Asia, and could involve searches for a particular beast, such as the manatee, or profiles of a park or distri ...

Original Airdates1959-1963
TypeSeries

On Stage

★★★★★

On Stage On Stage was a half-hour version of The Big Revue. The musical variety show was hosted by singer George Murray, and featured as regular vocalists Terry Dale, Phyllis Marshall, and Wally Koster, with the Bill Brady Quintet and an orchestra conducted by Jack Kane. The summer version of the show starred Denny Vaughan and Joan Fairfax, and the next seas ...

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

On the Frontier of Space

The CBC prepared this series of 3 half-hour broadcasts on the evolution of missiles and rockets from the weapons of World War II to the launch of Sputnik, and beyond. The first program concerned the actual machines and hardware, from the development of the Vi by Germany and its use in the 1940s, and progressed to the evolution of space vehicles. The sec ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeMiniseries

On the Spot

★★★★★

The first attempt by the National Film Board at film production for television, On the Spot was a series of documentaries on aspects of life in Canada. The series was originated by Bernard Devlin, who produced a parallel series, called Sur le vif, for the French language service. For the first season, the programs ran fifteen minutes on Tuesday evening, ...

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

One of a Kind

One of a Kind One of A Kind was a panel quiz show which attracted a wide variety of guests, many from the field of show business. In the program, panelists try to determine the identity of various mystery objects submitted by viewers. The objects will come from all over the world— from people's homes, museums, theatres, libraries, and from the imagination. Each obje ...

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Open House

Open House A half-hour afternoon talk and features program, Open House was directed at an audience of women in the home. In addition to studio interviews, the program included filmed features on life and events inside and outside Canada. Paul Fox provided features on historical subjects, and regularly provided commentary on the week's headlines. Elizabeth Cleat ...

Original Airdates1955-1962
TypeSeries

Outdoor Show

Outdoor Show Bob Burton, a CBC Winnipeg announcer, was the host on the "Outdoor Show" seen Thursday nights on CBWT. Burton, who came to Winnipeg from Regina, interviewed experts on such outdoor subjects as hunting, boating, fishing, and camping around Manitoba.

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Outdoors With Hal Denton

★★★★★

Hal Denton, the editor of Northwest Sportsman, was already well-known to west coast radio listeners as the host of Sportsmen's Guide when he presented this series of 5 half-hour broadcasts on fishing and hunting. The set for the show was a detailed replica of his own living room on Burrard Inlet. Programs included reports on big game hunting in the Rock ...

Original Airdates1955
TypeMiniseries

Over The Line Fence

Over The Line Fence, a half-hour CBC summer show, was intended to provide urban viewers (at least those in the Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal broadcast areas, where the show was seen) with a view of rural life. Film features examined soil, wheat in the western provinces, sheep ranching in Scotland, and fishing.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

P.M. Party

★★★★

P.M. Party P.M. Party was a half-hour variety and interview show which featured the participation of the studio audience in singalongs, games, and sketches. Music was provided by the Rudy Toth orchestra, with vocals by Donna Miller and Allan Blye. The show's mascot was a spaniel named Daniel.

Original Airdates1958-1960
TypeSeries

Pacific 13

In the summers of 1956 and 1957, the CBC scheduled this series of programs, which originated in Vancouver, but did not limit themselves to west coast subject matter. The series featured a wide variety of program types, such as opera, documentaries, dramatic pieces, and musical comedies.

AkaPacific Thirteen
Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

Panorama Newsreel

Panorama Newsreel on CFPL-TV, London. Ont. called for a staff of 18, headed by brilliant news director Ron Laidlaw. 15 minutes of on-the-spot news accounts on film are made available to half-a-million viewers in Western Ontario. Reporter-cameramen have shot over 18.000 feet of film in one month, to depict things like a CPR hotel fire, a poultry show, or ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Parade

★★★★★

Parade Parade was a half-hour of musical variety with a widely variable format. It could included different forms of popular music, opera, folk, or jazz. Introduced as a summer replacement in 1959, it reappeared on the summer schedules for two more years, and then moved into the regular season lineup. The show provided a performance site for jazz musicians and ...

Original Airdates1959-1964
TypeSeries

People

People was an actuality program for Saturday evenings in the summer of 1955. Subjects included the planning of the St. Lawrence Seaway, veterinarians and a Toronto animal hospital, visitors to St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, residents of Toronto's Rosedale district, and life in Toronto's Chinatown.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Pepinot and Capucine

★★★★

Pepinot and Capucine Puppets Pepinot and Capucine first appeared in a comic strip for the children's French language weekly newspaper, Francais. In 1952, the characters were developed into the first children's television show, airing from Montreal under the direction of Jean Paul Ladouceur. The program was shortened to "Pepinot" in 1954. The characters consisted of Pepinot, ...

AkaPépinot et Capucine
Original Airdates1952-1957
TypeSeries

Peppermint Prince, The

★★★★★

In this fifteen minute children's show from Vancouver, John Chappell played the Peppermint Prince who, with the help of his puppet friends, played out adventures and introduced cartoons.

Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

Personalities in the News

Personalities in the News On Personalities in the News, news editor Lionel McAuley has interviewed such headliners as Adlai Stevenson and Lester B Pearson. Personalities in the News was broadcast locally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on then CBC affiliate CJIC-TV.

Original Airdates1957?
TypeSeries

Perspective

★★★★½

Perspective A half-hour program, produced by the National Film Board, Perspective included both documentaries and dramatic productions. Most concerned contemporary issues in Canada, although several films, such as Haiti, were produced outside the country, and a few were historical reconstructions, for example, Wolfe And Montcalm.

Original Airdates1956-1958
TypeSeries

Pet Corner

Pet Corner On this fifteen minute, weekly program from Toronto, first called Pet Shop, host Rick Campbell talked to young guests about the care and training of their household pets.

AkaPet Shop; Pet's Corner
Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Peter and Pooch

Peter and Pooch Peter and Pooch was a weekly children's show and one of the first programs to air on Saskatchewan's first television station, CKCK Regina. The show featured a diverse cast of marionettes created by Freda Newman and Shirley Fraser. They also wrote the scripts and voiced and operated the puppets.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

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